Small introduction, some of you may know me and some of you may not. My name is Tom Schoen and I have been at the MUET stables since the fall of 2009. I rode on the team all four years, worked as a student staff, and now am in my second year as an instructional intern! I just thought it’d be fun to give Jackie a break this week from the blog.
The MUET Dressage Team brought me along to trailer and help Coach Carmack throughout the day. From back to front: Tom Schoen, Jeanna-Rae Schaeper, and Elizabeth Foster.
Coach Lindsey Carmack and eight riders of MUET’s dressage team took a short trailer ride over to Walnut Creek Stables for an open dressage show last weekend. Representing in classes from Intro to First Level, they had a mission to start the semester off with a bang and show everyone what they were made of. This was the dressage team’s first appearance at an open show, outside of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). Both horses and riders were eager to make history.
MUET and their horses enjoy some time under the sun.
Representing the team in the intro division was rider Elizabeth Foster and Art I Bold, aka Butch. This was Elizabeth’s first dressage show ever and Butch’s first dressage show outside of the IDA. Together they earned a 53.056% in Intro Level Test B and a 67.5% in Intro Level Test C earning the dynamic duo a blue ribbon!
MUET had massive representation in the Training division! Let’s take it one at a time:
Senior, and dressage team captain, Katie Forrester, showed our bay mare, Sangiovese, aka Lexie. This duo rocked it out in Training Level Test 1 and 3, scoring 66% and 64.6% respectively which carried them to a first and fourth place finish!
“Blues for Days!” Elizabeth Foster (left) and Katie Forester (right) show off their blues with Lexi posing in between!
Everyone’s favorite Miami chestnut, Copy Cat, aka Cody and Miami Senior Kathi Ropers earned a 59.4% in Training Level Test 1 to receive a sixth place ribbon! In Training Level Test 3, the pair brought the heat and scored a 62.6%!
Cody and Kathi Ropers halt and salute at the end of their test.
A newcomer to MUET, Millennium Max, aka Max owned by Jennifer Southworth, was competed by sophomore Natalie Davis. In Training Level Test 1 the duo earned a 62.29%, which secured them with a third place. In training Level Test 2, the team bumped it up and received a 65.53%, locking in yet another third!
Natalie Davis aboard Max, showing just how cute he really is!
Team secretary, Amy Fleitz, brought her soul mate Belissimo, aka Bailey. The pair earned a 61.2% in Training Level Test 3. Amy leased Bailey this summer and the pair worked hard all summer in their weekly lessons.
Amy Fleitz and Bailey. The definition of True Love.
Kirsten Drew and the near Breyer Horse model, Take One, aka Uno split their two rides between Training Level Test 3, earning a 63.9% and First Level Test 1, earning a 62.8%. Uno stepped up to the plate moving from the jumper to the dressage ring and earned a 5th and a 4th respectively!
Uno watching his friendly competition, Thor, during the First Level Test.
Sophomore Kelsey Poleyeff and her steed Rominee Ros, aka Tanner brought their game faces. In Training Level Test 2, the pair rode for the blue and received it with an amazing score of 67.5%. Kelsey and Tanner didn’t let up there; in their Training Level Test 3, a score of 65.2% gave them a third place!
Kelsey Poleyeff and Tanner posing for the camera.
Jeana Rae Schaeper, team Treasurer, rode the god of thunder turned college kid, Thorwald, aka Thor. Thor spent the summer in the jumper ring with MUET sophomore Kayla Akers and by his performance at his very first open dressage show this past weekend, he proved he is a talented, multi-faceted horse show connoisseur. The judge fell in love with the Jeana-Rae/ Thor combo in Training Level Test 3; they earned a whopping 70% earning the blue! In First Level Test 1, the competition rose, but Jeana-Rae and Thor didn’t let up, earning a 68.2% and yet another blue!
Jeana-Rae Schaeper and Thor have their game faces on!
Let’s do some math… These girls and their faithful mounts represented Miami in Intro Level Test C, Training Level Test 1, Training Level Test 2, Training Level Test 3, and First Level Test 1. In every single one of these classes, which consisted of ten to seventeen horses per class, a Miami rider earned the blue! Congratulations to Coach Lindsey Carmack, her students, and Miami’s horses on an astounding performance at the Walnut Creek open dressage show.